There has been a revolution brewing for some time now and we are here to announce: Muscadet has arrived. The Pays Nantais sub-region of the Loire Valley is a 55 miles swatch of land devoted to a white grape called Melon de Bourgogne (yet another progeny of Gouais Blanc & Pinot Noir!). Melon de Bourgogne originated in Burgundy and was quickly kicked out of the kingdom (the dukes preferred Chardonnay), and then made its way up into Nantes where it remained. The wine drinkers among us born prior to the 1980s may remember Muscadets of old as industrial, dry, yeasty and uninspiring. Things have now changed.
A new generation of vignerons have taken hold of Muscadet and are producing some top-notch white wines, age-worthy, affordable and completely delicious. We have obtained magnums from two great producers, Marc Ollivier (Domaine de la Pépière) and Guy Bossard (along with protogeé Frédéric Niger Van Herck at Domaine l’Ecu). An endless stream of dry, citrus-y salinity to slake your parched and thirsty throats.
2010 Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Clisson MAGNUM-$47.99
2010 Domaine l’Ecu Muscadet Sèvre et Maine ‘Expression de Granite’ MAGNUM-$49.99
We don’t have a lot, fyi.